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May 08 2018

2018 Election: May 8 Primary Results

Starting with Indiana where all the results are in for the races we are watching.

The very expensive three-way GOP feud for the GOP nomination goes to wealthy businessman and former state Rep. Mike Braun who handily trounced his squabbling two opponents, Reps. Luke Messer and Tod Rokita with 42.2% of the vote to their respective 29.9% and 29%. He will now face the incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly in November.

In Messer’s 6th Congress District, the prize goes, not unexpectedly, to Greg Pence the elder brother of VP Mike Pence who won with 65% of the vote. In November he will face Democratic nominee Jeannine Lake.

For the vacant governor’s seat in Ohio, former director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Democrat Richard Cordray beating former Rep. Dennis Kucinich with a very comfortable with 62% of the vote. Over on the GOP side, Attorney General Mike DeWine defeated Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor with 59.4% to 40.6%.

Incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown will face Trump backed Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16).

The results for the 12th and 16th CD‘s are still too close to call for the GOP candidates, although the Democratic race in the 12th has been called for Danny O’Connor.

No results for Issue 1, a ballot measure that overhauls Ohio’s congressional redistricting process, yet.

Finally, the West Virginia GOP senate race has been called for West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) (34.5%) which has to be some relief for the Democrats who did not want Sen. Joe Manchin to face Rep. Evan Jenkins (29.2%). Ex-con Don Blankenship came in 3rd in a field of five candidates with (20.1%). That translates to 25,215 really dumb West Virginians.

In West Virginia’s open 3rd Congressional District, as expected, the Democratic nomination was won by state Sen. Richard Ojeda. The GOP race has yet to be decided.